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IMC USA Receives International Award

Posted By David T. Norman CMC, Sunday, March 04, 2012
Updated: Sunday, March 04, 2012
IMC USA Receives International Award and One of Our Own is also Recognized for Leadership

 IMC USA is the 2012 recipient of the Most Dynamic Organization of Consultants from the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation.

Gabriel Al-Salem was a very influential management consultant in Central Asia and was instrumental in expanding the international scope of the profession, particularly through the European Bank for Regional Development's Business Advisory Services Program (EBRD BAS) (Gabriel Al-Salem worked previously with Ernst & Young, A.T. Kearney, and KPMG Consulting). He tragically lost his life in 2010.

The Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation was established by his wife, Viktoria Olskaia to "help advance economic growth ... by providing access to innovations and best world practices in consulting." (see:

As was noted in their award, "For over 40 years the Institute of Management Consultants USA has helped consultants both as individuals and members of firms to enhance their professional practice and to develop awareness in their clients of the value of a professional management consultant." They add, "In a way, IMC is a reflection of Gabriel's quest for all management consultants to be a dynamic brotherhood where cooperation, support, and ethics are the foundation of colleagues cooperating in a professional way."

As Chair I was honored and humbled to receive the award on behalf of you, our members. My comments, made via Skype, to an international audience included: "Gabriel Al-Salem was the model of professionalism and ethics in management consulting. His focus, and indeed the Foundation's, on improving the business environment and promoting economic growth was crucial to the growth of management consulting in Central Asia. And, what makes this award especially important is its international scope, which is best exemplified in Gabriel's energies and it is reflective of his kindred spirit." It was a great honor to accept this award on behalf of all members of IMC.

And, if that were not enough, another award was presented .... to our own Dr. Drumm McNaughton. From their website, "A Special Recognition award for Significant Contribution to the Development of Consulting Profession in Central Asia went to Drumm McNaughton, past Chair of the Institute of Management Consultants USA, for his volunteer help to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan consultants in establishing the CMC certification process in their countries." Many of you are aware that Drumm, through ERBD BAS, helped develop our fellow Institutes in both Kazakhstan and Kyrgystan and helped certifiy, as CMCs, eight management consultants.

So, congratulations to both Drumm McNaughton for his recognition and to IMC USA for its award.

Stay tuned,

My best,

Tags:  Drumm McNaughton  Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation  IMC  IMC USA  Most Dynamic Organization of Consultants 

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Deborah A. Smith CMC says...
Posted Sunday, March 04, 2012
This is very inspiring, thanks for the post.
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Jim W. Soudriette CMC. FIMC says...
Posted Sunday, March 04, 2012
It is with great honer I persist in my affiliation and participation in the ZI and international activities of IMC USA.

As to the Gabriel Alsalem Foundation...David, come up with something you and Drum can suggest we individually/then collectively do for or with them

Jim Soudriette FIMC

As for Drum, well, we go back to shortly after electricity was discovered...I would expect something of worth from this guy!

SO...CONGRATUALTIONS, DRUM and this includes all our IMC members who preceeded you in this international responsibility.

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Drumm McNaughton FIMC says...
Posted Monday, March 05, 2012
Thanks, my friend. I appreciate both you and your kind words!

Viktoria, Gabriel's widow and the founder of the Foundation, will be in the USA for the National Conference and ICMCI Annual Meeting which are being held in Orlando Oct 5-6 and Oct 3-6, respectively. She is planning on presenting the awards then, so it would be a nice gesture for us to do something for her at the same time. Drumm
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Cynthia E. Currence CMC says...
Posted Monday, March 05, 2012
Thank you for your eloquent words in accepting this on behalf of IMC and congratulations to Drumm for his honor as well. Things like this make us all proud!!!
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